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Cinema on colonialism

Monday 12 October 2015

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Because school and media make us forget
Because we don’t politicize this subject very often in our circles
Because we want to understand it’s ways better
Because we don’t want to be fatalist any more, but find perspectives for struggle
We invite you to watch counter propaganda.

The populations, cultures and struggles in colonized countries stay largely unknown and despised by a lot of Europeans. If today Europe and North America are economically rich countries, it’s mainly thanks to colonization, slavery and exploitation they have imposed on other populations. For more than 500 years, Europeans have expanded their empires everywhere in the world, sparing not one continent from the terror that colonialism requires and the capitalist avarice. All throughout the world the consequences of this imperialism are present: exploitation, racism and racialisation, wars, genocides, exile, migration, refugees, humanitarian aid, women and children raped and mutilated by men’s wars. Facing unprecedented migration, fortress Europe continues to reinforce, despising those who enriched the so called old World. Inhabitants of this old World, which we reject, we want to question ourselves, together about how to shed off our privileges and attack the actors of contemporary colonialism.

Film projection and sharing of anti-colonial films on October 15, 16, 17 with a big discussion the 18th at 2pm around a tea-time pick-nick (if you bring some). On the ZAD at the Rosier.

Unfortunately we didn’t find English subtitles for most of the movies we want to project, but the following are either in English or subtitled:

On Thursday 15th:

7:30pm Concerning Violence – a 2014 documentary film written and directed by Göran Olsson. It is based on Frantz Fanon’s essay, Concerning Violence, from his 1961 book The Wretched of the Earth.

9pm Welcome – Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can’t swim?

On Friday 16th:

7pm Bamako – Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF whom they blame for Africa’s woes... Amidst the pleas and the testimonies, life goes on in the courtyard.

Everyone is welcome for the discussion on the 18th and we will try to translate simultaneously.